Seiko Epson, a Japanese manufacturer of computer printers and information and image-related equipment, will be making masks for its employees using its Dry Fibre technology.
The technology is used in Epson’s PaperLab A-8000 in-office dry paper making system, a dry process that makes new paper using the used papers inside the office.
For the manufacturing of masks, the machine will be using functional fibres, and the manufacturing will be done at the Company’s Kanbayashi and Suwa Minami Plant in Nagano, Japan, where majority of company’s domestic employees are located.
The manufacturing of masks is supposed start early May. These will not be sold commercially and will be only used for employees.
The in-house manufacturing of masks will allow Epson to donate 100,000 surgical masks it has purchased as part of its business community plan (BCP) among the local authorities and medical institutions in Nagano as these areas have lately been seeing a huge surge in demand for PPE equipments.
Furthermore, the company will be donating 5,600 face shields to the same organisation.
Here is a video on how the Epson’s PaperLab A-8000 technology works.